Fox News, under the direction of Ailes and Murdoch, hacked in and stole phone records for many journalists. One we know for sure is that a journalist for the publication Media Matters was an unknowing victim of this hack.
As a result of the revelation, Media Matters is considering lodging their own suit against Ailes.
According to The Huffington Post:
“Media Matters attorney Marc Elias sent letters Friday to attorneys representing Ailes and executives at Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox, including executive chairman Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James Murdoch, who serve as executive chairman and chief executive, respectively.
In the letters, Elias requested Ailes and executives at the media companies retain any information in their possession or control that would be relevant to allegations of surveilling Media Matters employees.”
Gabriel Sherman, the journalist who has been digging deep into the Ailes story long before the sexual assault allegations made front pages, revealed this new information about the depths to which Fox was willing to sink in order to dig up dirt on anyone who might threaten the Fox empire.
In an article published in New York Magazine, Sherman recounts:
“Fox News also obtained the phone records of journalists, by legally questionable means. According to two sources with direct knowledge of the incident, Brandi, Fox’s general counsel, hired a private investigator in late 2010 to obtain the personal home- and cell-phone records of Joe Strupp, a reporter for the liberal watchdog group Media Matters. (Through a spokesperson, Brandi denied this.) In the fall of that year, Strupp had written several articles quoting anonymous Fox sources, and the network wanted to determine who was talking to him. “This was the culture. Getting phone records doesn’t make anybody blink,” one Fox executive told me.”
This story will continue to unravel, and hopefully by the end of it, we can find this sexually harassing, legally questionable crook in prison for his crimes. And may he bring down corrupt Fox News with him.